ShanghaiWiki.MetroTypos Created

Qingsi Zhu suggested to create an Wiki site.

“What about setting up a wiki-style website and let us supply and choose our translations”

It is a fantastic idea. I am a quick hand and I created a Wiki site tonight and it is online now.

ShanghaiWiki site

If you are still not sure of what Wiki is, check Wikipedia, or PmWiki’s FAQ.

The idea behind is Wiki is what Qingsi suggested: to supply and choose a better translation to the misspelled words or grammer mistakes.

The Wiki site also serves as a place for you to report other significant typos in this city. I am not very sure what we can do with the result yet, but I guess the media or the government will notice it one day and push for the correction.

MetroTypos is only one page specially created for Typos in Metro. You can feel free to create new pages as easy as create write an WikiWord and you can edit it by following the link.

Before you get started, do follow all the rules of the Wiki world. Thanks.

9 thoughts on “ShanghaiWiki.MetroTypos Created

  1. Mr. Wang

    Do you think Metro or the municipal government of Shanghai will seek outside help to rectify their in-house nuisance?


  2. Hi Jianshuo, thank you for supporting the idea.

    But as a few comments pointed out, whether this can have any impact is unpredictable at this stage. however i would say let’s give it a try first. You didn’t know your blog could be this wonderful the day you created it. Let’s see how many people will be interested and what kind of initiatives we can take beside correcting the Xujiahui mistake. I suggested a change on ShanghaiWiki.MetroTypos and created a new page called ShanghaiWiki.MetroStationNames for a complete list of all station names for existing lines. Just to test how far this idea can go.

  3. Stephen, Shanghai government is one of the most efficient one in China I think. I clearly see the that they are opening up by seeking out help from experts in each area to help. Expo 2010 is an example, where hundreds of positions are open for world wide candidates. I don’t think anyone will “seek” out help before they get aware of the problem. What we are doing is to PRESENT the problem and OFFER suggestions, and GO with the deliverables and PUSH for adoption. I will cover what I have done yesterday in today’s blog entry soon.

    Qingsi, you gave a great idea to me again. I had a My City, My Bus Project idea before (see ) but it paused for a while due to technical difficulties. Now my Wiki is back and I will load the data soon. As how Wiki works, you owns the Wiki site as much as I own, and you can create those pages by yourself if you have the idea. I fully support it. It is great.

    I will take every chance to see how it can make an impact.

  4. Hi Jianshuo, i just read this article from the English newspaper in SG. Thought I’d share it with the rest here at your site.

    actually i have another interesting article abt China which i’d like to share (perhaps i should start my own blog BUT that wld probably take me forever to create AND maintain! haha). should i email it to you instead??

    to JL: i will try translating Wendy’s blog (found it!) during the weekend if time allows :)


    Straits Times ~ Oct 21, 2004

    English signs go up in Guangzhou

    TOILET and police are in. Cesuo and jingcha are out.

    English is displacing hanyu pinyin on public signs in Guangzhou, Guangdong’s provincial capital.

    According to the local official committee that advises on the city’s language policy, the Guangzhou government has asked several of its departments and organisations to use English words or names for local venues.

    The change will encompass Guangzhou’s city streets, scenic spots, parks, residential areas, bus stops, metro stations, piers, museums and even public toilets.

    It is part of the government’s effort to turn the city into an international metropolis.

    Currently, the Romanised words demarcating the city’s public places are either in hanyu pinyin or transliterated from the local Cantonese dialect, both of which most foreigners find confusing.

    The committee will follow up with checks to ensure the replacements are undoubtedly English.

    New police cars are already Anglicised, with the pinyinised Chinese word for police, jingcha, replaced the word ‘police’.

    These new cars started patrolling Guangzhou late last week.

    An English-speaking police hot line was also launched.

    And before the end of the year, police stations will have to include their English names on the signs hung on their gates.


  5. Mr. Wang,

    It is good to see you have pushed ahead to rectify the typo in the Metro, when you finished with that perhaps you should include the public sign displays at tourist area, there may not be any typos in it, but I am sure someone can made it more concise and more understandable.


  6. WJS wrote:


    I am not very sure what we can do with the result yet, but I guess the media or the government will notice it one day and push for the correction.


    WJS, Sounds like some good news for you! See below!

    – Shanghai Slim


    Shanghai sets up committee to regulate Chinese-English translation appearing in public venues


    September 17, 2004

    Shanghai. (Interfax-China) – The Shanghai Municipal Government has established the Shanghai Public English Translation Expert Committee to draft special regulations for Chinese-English translation used in public venues around the city, including restaurants, shopping centers, subway stations, and government buildings.

    “The committee will consist of 26 experts in English language, Chinese language, Chinese-English translation, law, and sociology, among others,” Chen Zhenming, Director of the Shanghai Civilization Office and the Shanghai Language Committee, said during a press conference Interfax attended in Shanghai. “Among the committee members, 4 will be foreign professors or senior management officers from foreign companies.”

    Meanwhile, Shanghai officials have already issued a new general regulation for Chinese-English translations, which stipulates that all proper Chinese nouns should be translated into English in their Pinyin form, while common nouns should be translated directly using the corresponding English word. Pinyin is the roman letter based phonetic alphabet of the Chinese language.

    The new regulations for Chinese-English translation are being drafted in an effort to clear up various inconsistencies between different translation services in Shanghai. One example cited by officials was the various translations for one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, “Shaan Xi Nan Lu.” This street name had been translated into South Shaanxi Rd, Shaanxi Rd South, Shaanxi South Rd, Shaanxi Nan Lu, and Shanxi Rd South, which has in turn led to inconvenience and confusion.

    “The English language is playing a more and more important role in daily life as Shanghai opens up to the world,” Qu Jun, Vice Director of the Shanghai Language Committee, told Interfax after the press conference. “There are a number of new English publications in Shanghai now, especially as we are preparing to host the 2010 World Expo, but in addition, Shanghai is now also home to more and more foreigners. Good Chinese and English communications will make Shanghai a much better place for all of its residents.”

  7. Does anyone have any idea what the translation “Bottom Sink Type Square” at People’s Square Metro exit 6 is supposed to mean?

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